DESCRIPTION: A beautifully painted, very large Mexican charger (or platter) with a dark blue outer rim framing two birds perched in a tree, surrounded by scrolling green foliage, large flowers and yellow fruit. Dating from the 1960's in the Tlaquepaque style, its origin is from the state of Jalisco, Mexico. Tlaquepaque, a village in Mexico southeast of Guadalajara, is where a number of pottery and ceramist families live, work and sell their wares. The name literally means "place above clay land," and its people have been producing beautiful pottery for generations. Originally crafted for the tourist trade, vintage Tlaquepaque pieces are now highly sought after by collectors for their colorful, skillful and whimsical patterns. On the reverse of this plate is written "Mexico"; the back is pierced with holes for hanging. Excellent condition with no chips, cracks or repairs. DIMENSIONS: A large 18" diameter (45.8 cm).